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Symposium of Artists and Scholars celebrates student excellence

The sixth annual Symposium of Artists and Scholars will include more than 60 presentations highlighting Randolph College students’ scholarly work and creative ventures.

The symposium will take place Thursday and Friday. Students will present research on a wide range of topics, such as the effects of dance exercise on coordination improvement, the role fungi play in allergic reactions, and philosophical questions of artificial intelligence. They also will present creative works, such as a poem about a Lynchburg pawn shop, a student-authored play about relationships, and musical compositions.

“Randolph College students are engaging in an amazing variety of high-quality research projects and creative pursuits,” said Peter Sheldon, director of the Center for Student Research. “We are proud of the work our students are doing, and we look forward to celebrating and sharing their work in the Symposium.”

Doug Shedd, the Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of Biology, will present the keynote address, “Why Biodiversity Matters,” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The annual symposium, modeled after traditional academic conferences, was started in 2008 to celebrate the height of Randolph College student achievement.

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